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Facelift for a master bathroom

Replace the single mirror with a center mirror and two wood-framed mirrored cabinets.

Replace the sink with a custom vanity and undermount sink or a less expensive pedestal sink.

Paint the walls a warm gray-green to go with the new wood tones: Silver Sage by Benjamin Moore.

Remove the wall tiles and replace them with wainscotting stained chestnut brown.

Remove the existing door and replace it with a space-saving pocket door.


Barbara Wrigley and Jolynne Flores of Alexandria want to update (not renovate) the master bath in their Del Ray bungalow. They'd like the room to be Arts and Crafts in style so it's consistent with the rest of the house.


By addressing the walls, the fixtures, the door and the accessories, designer Cynthia Murphy lays out a plan for a facelift that can be done all at once or in budget-friendly phases.

3Murphy, of Murphy's Design (703-328-5978,, is based in Falls Church.


Fixtures. Custom box vanity cabinet ($596 as shown, ); Kohler Archer undercounter sink ($89, ); Corian countertop in Sandalwood (priced according to size, ).

Lighting. Boulevard vanity light in oil-rubbed bronze ($156, ).

Accessories. Pocket door frame ($109, ); maple tongue and groove wainscot paneling ($90, ); frameless polished-edge mirror ($30, ); tree shower curtain, not shown ($40, ); custom wood-framed vanity mirror cabinet ($229 each as shown, ); Hunter Douglas Alustra woven textures shades in Henna (priced according to size, ).


Purist single-control lavatory faucet ($367, ).

Eco supreme toilet by Toto ($404, ).

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Fairfax single-control lavatory faucet ($177,

H2Option siphonic dual-flush toilet by American Standard ($235, ).

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